domingo, 1 de noviembre de 2009

Being an SAP Mentor in Lima, Perú...


Ok...the story goes like this...quite time ago I got invited to SAP World Tour in Lima, Perú. So, as I was still and Abaper I asked by boss for permission to go to the event. He pass the invitation link to the Sales Manager who invited 7 more people. I realize that when I get to the event.

So, after that I get contacted by SAP Perú telling me that we took to many slots...even when they told the Sales Manager to take only 2 or 3 max (counting me of course)...

Anyway...some time later I got invited to an SAP Business Objects event...and I was told to not invite anyone else, so I went to event alone.

Last Monday I got a new invitation for SAP BUSINESS PROCESS PLATFORM DAY 2009, which I thought was some sort of a public event like the SAP World Tour...so I registered myself, pass the link to my boss and one more for my colleague on the Sales Team. Just the 3 of us, like they told me before.

Two days later I got a message from SAP Perú telling me that I was making the same mistake again, that we were taking slots from customers, that I was putting in risk my relation with SAP Perú and so on...

Now put some things in perspective...

1.- I'm making the same mistake again? First time wasn't my fault...It was the Sales Manager fault...I got nothing to do with that particular problem...

2.- Are we taking slots from customers? They assumed that we're going to take 7 or 8 slots again...we were going to take 3 max (including me) as they told me...but they even bother to ask me...they just prove me guilty without hearing my complains first.

3.- I put in risk my relation with SAP Perú? Ok...so what relation? They had never thread like they should considering who I am inside the Community.

So...taking things from the 3rd point...I know that no one is prophet in his own land...but this is kinda lame...I mean...if you compare how SAP USA and SAP Perú thread me...then you could start thinking like me...I'm an SAP Mentor (Only me on Perú, only 3 on South America), SAP Blogger, Top Contributor and many more. But that doesn't seems to be enough for SAP Perú...I know that here is this forgot by God land, the SAP Office is mostly for Marketing and Sales related stuff...but if you stop to think about it...having an SAP Mentor between the audience could really improve things, right? We are SAP chosen experts...SAP rock stars...still...seems to be not enough for this country...

Now...back to the 2nd point...as they assume we were going to fill all the slots...they canceled my Boss and colleague's registries...but what about mine? Do they cancel my registry as well? After that I send them a message asking if I could still go or not...as expected...no one answered me...and surely no one will...so I missing the event just because of that...don't you think it's too much? Couldn't they just cancel the extra registries and keep mine? why punish me for my first honest mistake? Too bad don't you think?

Ok...I know that if someone from SAP Perú read this post...my relation with them is going to get completely broken...but should I care? what's wrong about broken a relation that is 10% worthy?...if I got a got a 110% good relation with SAP USA, do I really need a relation with SAP Perú? I think not...I just got bad things from them since the beginning...

P.S: To my SAP Mentor Boss...Mark, please don't call them or mail them...they just not worthy...if they want to ditch their relation with the only SAP Mentor available here...it's their problem...don't spend you time with people who just doesn't deserve it...

Greetings,

Blag.

3 comentarios:

calsadillo dijo...

Hi,
if they had more common sense you would be received as you deserve.
Nothing less than with a red carpet.
You´re a well known member of the SCN community because you really deserve it.
You´ve achieved this by your continuous contributiuons and effort.
I´d love to hear what other SCN members have to say.
You have all my support.

Best regards.
(Pablo Casamayor)

Alvaro "Blag" Tejada Galindo dijo...

Pablo:

Thanks a lot for the support -:) But I think it's better to just keep it like this...they failed me, so I would never talk about them again...doesn't sound very mature, I know...but it's the only thing I can do...

Greetings,
Blag.

Raul dijo...

Hi, I´m from Peru and i´m a abap consultant n_n, i don´t understand, i always think that the main purpose of an regional Office (SAP Peru) is promote and "evangelize" SAP solutions, but if SAP Peru refuses to invite some people, (well, is an event for main customer so i suppose it´s ok not invite another people, right?), i don´t see how can promote their products.
Like Alvaro says, the main relationship is with the community, and if SAP Peru refuses to recognize the community, i don´t see how can work together in the future.

Greetings.
Raúl Mosquera